FREE Turtle Talk’s Tuesday June ,July and August

Tuesday mornings 10am rain or shine Crosspointe Fellowship Church 8605 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217 FREE no tickets or reservation required plenty of seating and parking Come join us for an up close and personal look into the life cycle of the Loggerhead sea turtle. Lots of fun for all ages! Interesting information, handouts, activity books and tattoos for the young and young at heart! Come gather with the volunteers of the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch as we walk you through a day in the our life as we survey for nesting turtles on the beaches along the shores of Anna Maria.
Turtle Talks

Adopt a Sea Turtle Nest

You can adopt a Sea Turtle nest on Anna Maria Island . It can be "In memory of " in celebration of " , a birthday, wedding graduation gift . You can adopt for your business or just adopt to support a endangered species .Show your support for Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, adopt a nest today. For your tax deductible donation a handcrafted wooden plaque with your personalized message will be placed on a nest. When the nest hatch's you will receive the data from the nest along with the plaque
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How Can You Help?

Come out and join us one one of our beach cleanups . the next one is scheduled for September 18 location TBD. During shorebird nesting season , spring to mid summer we have bird stewarding volunteer positions available For more info and to find out what other things you can to to support Anna Maria Island Turtle watch and to help preserve our turtles, shorebirds and our marine ecosystems. click the link below
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Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring

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For 30+ years Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch has coordinated conservation efforts for 12 miles of Manatee County shoreline.  In  three decades, we monitored 7339  turtle activities, protected 4454  nests, 301,694 turtle eggs, and watched 271,680  hatchlings depart to become a future generation of loggerheads that will return to the region as they reach maturity — in about 30 years.

The program includes staff, interns and volunteers who have documented the status of shoreline habitat and trends in sea turtle nesting. These data show that nesting by loggerhead turtles has declined, then rebounded in recent years. Nest destruction by both natural and non-indigenous predators has also increased during the same time period.

AMITW & Shorebird Monitoring coordinates with county, state and federal efforts to conserve sea turtles — particularly loggerheads., Manatee and Sarasota County hosts the highest density of loggerhead nests in the Gulf of Mexico.

Whether humans respect other species enough to protect sea turtles and their essential habitats will depend on the understanding developed by marine conservation biologists.

In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.”

(B. Dioum, 1968)